Monday, October 23, 2017

Skyy – Here’s To You (Salsoul Records)

Most Wanted! Skyy – Here’s To You (Salsoul Records)

Taken from the 1980 released ‘Skyyport’ album, with some instantly recognizable production work by the likes of Solomon Burke, Jr. and Randy Muller of the Brass Construction fame. A cut which the late Frankie Crocker turned into a classic back then on WBLS.
Definitely one of Skyy‘s strongest jams ever. And, subsequently, the subject of heavy battles between bidders on eBay.
Eventually licensed in the UK on Excaliber Records, although under the New York Skyy guise for legal reasons. ‘Here’s To You (right for you)’…

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Overview
– Born in Brooklyn, NY in the 70’s. From the reunion of Anibal “Butch” Sierra, Gerald Lebon, Tommy McConnell, Larry Greenburg, Denise Dunning Wilkinson, Bonnie Dunning Williams and Delores Dunning Milligan. But also producer Solomon Burke, Jr. soon after joined by keyboardist/flautist Randy Muller. Skyy (known as New York Skyy in the UK) dropped 7 albums on Salsoul Records, with their biggest success from this period being ‘Call Me’. Meanwhile, they left a bunch of extra gems also quite worth the listen. From ‘This Groove Is Bad’ to ‘First Time Around’. Not to mention ‘Here’s To You’, ‘Let’s Celebrate’, ‘Skyyzoo’ and ‘Show Me The Way’.

They briefly switched to Capitol Records after Salsoul Records ceased its activities, therefore releasing the 1986 album – ‘From The Left Side’ – which featured ‘Givin’ It (To You)’. They nevertheless would get stronger exposure 3 years later with their before last album, ‘Start Of A Romance’, on Atlantic, successively with its title track and ‘Real Love’.

– Born in Guyana, Randy Muller relocated to Brooklyn, NY where he first took up music at Thomas Jefferson High School. There, he made friends with Solomon Roberts, Jr. and Jeff Lane with whom he would establish some solid partnership along with time.

Muller started arranging songs for Jeff Lane‘s group B.T. Express. Meanwhile the latter became his partner, producing early material for his group, Brass Construction.

A multi-instrumentist, Randy established himself as the driving force of the latter Skyy, Funk Deluxe and First Circle. This resulting in an incredible series of standards. From ‘Movin” to ‘Love’, ‘Ha Cha Cha’ and ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’. But also ‘Can You See The Light’ or ‘Walkin’ The Line’ for Brass Construction. Then ‘First Time Around’, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and ‘Here’s To You’. This in addition to ‘Call Me’, ‘Skyyzoo’, ‘This Groove Is Bad’ and ‘Show Me The Way’ for Skyy. Not to mention ‘This Time’ and ‘Workin’ Up A Sweat’, respectively for Funk Deluxe and Full Circle.

The depository of an instantly recognizable sound, he has collaborated with countless artists. From Garnet Mimms to Charles Earland. But also Mark Radice and Tamiko Jones. Meanwhile he would bring Rafael Cameron to sign a record deal with Salsoul Records. This resulting in extra goodies such as ‘Magic Of You’, ‘Funtown U.S.A.’, ‘All That’s Good To Me’. And last but not least ‘Boogie’s Gonna Get You’ with remix work courtesy of François K.

Still in activity nowadays, Randy runs his own label, Plaza Records, which he launched back in 1988.
Also a flautist, ‘Livin’ In Da Rhythm’ saw him more recently exploring jazzy territories under his Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang guise. Meawnhile he also ventured sporadically into House such as on the firing ‘Devotion’ and on ‘Worm Theory’ as… Worm Theory.

His natural penchant seeing him returning to Soul and Funk vibes along with Carolyn Harding on the blowing ‘Beautiful Feelin”. This with additional remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis.

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3 Comments on Skyy – Here’s To You (Salsoul Records)

  1. Randy Muller such a maestro during his career at putting together hit music.
    Such timeless soul jazz funk from his music, and Brass construction was made such huge impact at the time. And still sounds great today.
    Randy still producing or developing music himself or other artists, still contributing a great deal to the music world.

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